Collecting 3PAR Insplore Logs

If you have any issues with your 3PAR and are working with HPE they will ask you to collect the logs, which they call Insplore Logs. Learn more about 3PAR in our 3PAR Beginners Guide.

procedure:

1 Open up a web browser and enter the IP address or hostname of the service processor connected to your 3PAR and logon with your service processor credentials

2 On the left hand side of the screen click on support and then from the action area select the InSplore hyperlink

3 A window will pop up showing you all the commands it’s running to gather the logs.

You can close this window or leave it open and it will tell you when it completes.

4 You then need to browse to the logs that were created. Click on the files menu on the left and then the files folder on the right.  Continue to browse through the folder as follows 3PAR Serial number/InSplore and look for the insplore.tbz2 file with today’s date that you just generated.

5 Next to the file you just located you will notice 2 options transfer or download.  You can download the file to send via FTP or transfer should send the files straight HPE.

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3PAR 9450 Overview

The HPE 3PAR 9450 is the new all flash model in the 3PAR line up.  In this video I discuss the new model with 3PAR product manager Alberto.

Key Take Aways

  • The 9450 is an new all flash model in the 3PAR range
  • It is an addition to the existing product range, not a replacement
  • It is based on the existing GEN5 ASIC seen across the range
  • The 9450 effectively doubles the horsepower of the existing 8450 with twice the CPU’s and more than twice the cache
  • The form factor is based on the 20,000 series, each node is 2U like the 8000 series.  But unlike the 8000 the 9450 does not contain any data disks and fans are at the front of the unit

  • This is the rear view of the controller nodes

  • Drive cages are not daisy chained like in the 8000, but have individual connection

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Further Reading

New 3PAR 9450 offers higher performance & scale for the mid-range Philip Sellers

HPE doubles AFA All-Flash performance with new 3PAR 9450 and 20000 R2 models Bart Heungens

9450 Walkthrough Calvin Zito

 

SSMC 3.1 What’s New

SSMC 3.1 is now available for download from the from the software depot, this post will have a quick look at what’s new. The install process remains as before and I have covered this in detail previously. Firstly the SSMC 3.1 release supports 3PAR OS 3.3.1 and hence a number of the enhancements relate to the new functionality in 3.3.1.

Some of the key new features include:

Block Provisioning:

  • Removes the option for the volume type TDVV (Thin Deduped Virtual Volume). This is now depreciated in 3.3.1 and become a property of a volume to enable dedupe. Covered previously in my dedupe deep dive.
  • Support for compression, which also becomes a volume property available to SSD’s in 3.3.1
  • Support for monster 15TB drives

File Persona:

  • Ability to create FTP shares
  • Support for POSIX security modes i.e. Linux based security permissions

Remote Copy:

  • 3DC Peer Persistence configurations another 3.3.1 is added to SSMC as well as support for synchronous long distance setup

HPE 3PAR Storage Federation:

  • Allows the creation of a compressed volumes on the target system
  • Ability to schedule Peer Motion migrations
  • Adds support for migrating from legacy HPE 3PAR F-Class,T-Class and non 3PAR system to 3PAR i.e. online import facility

System Reporter:

Lots of enhancements in this area –

  • Ability to edit threshold alerts on systems running HPE 3PAR OS 3.3.1 and later
  • Support for SSMC and SMTP server running IPv6
  • Shows compression stats on capacity reports
  • Space forecasting is available on system and CPG capacity

You can see the full list of enhancements here.